ARE JEWS STILL GUILTY FOR THE CRUCIFIXION?
Scripture teaches no one is guilty for the sins of another. We all enter the world
innocent of the misdeeds of
our parents. This includes every Jewish child.
Yet the Bible also teaches we can become guilty of the sin of another by sympathy with it.
Christ said the
Pharisees were guilty of the murder of Abel and all righteous blood from the beginning of
the world. (Mat.
23:35) Why? Because the Pharisees persecuted righteousness. Had they been present in the
they would have murdered Abel. Thus, according to Christ, it is possible to become
spiritually guilty of a
sin, such as murder or adultery, even without physically committing the act. The will is
there. All that is
lacking is the opportunity.
Modern or rabbinic Judaism is a product of those very Pharisees whom Christ excoriated,
ultimately had Him crucified. The authoritative Universal Jewish Encyclopedia explains:
�The Jewish religion as it is today traces its descent without a break through all the
centuries from the
Pharisees. Their leading ideas and methods found expression in a literature of enormous
extent, of which
a great deal is still in existence.. The Talmud is the largest and most important single
piece of that
literature..� The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, Article on �Pharisaism,� p. 474
If a Jewish child is born into an orthodox Jewish family, he innocently enters a religious
obedient to those who masterminded the crucifixion of Jesus. The Pharisees and their vast,
�anti-bible�, the Talmud, possess greater authority for religious Jews than does the Old
Testament. As the
Universal Jewish Encyclopedia confirms: �Thus the ultimate authority for orthodoxy is the
Talmud. The Bible itself ranks second to it in reality, if not in theory.� Universal
�Authority� p. 637.
What does the Talmud teach about Jesus? It says He seduced and deceived the people.
was a bastard, his mother Mary being a whore San.106b. He practiced sorcery and enticed
His race to
apostasy. San.43a. He was a fool. San.67a. He was stoned, burned, decapitated and
strangled in His
death. San. 106b, Git.57a. He was excommunicated for the thought of seducing a woman and
in His shame
fell down and worshipped a brick. San.107b. He is now in hell, languishing in boiling hot
The Talmud is emphatic that it was necessary to kill Jesus because He was �one of the
enemies of Judaism.� Git.56a; a false prophet who seduced and deceived the people.
Is the modern Jew guilty of the death of Christ? The answer is simple. If he agrees with
the Talmud that the
Pharisees did the right thing by having Jesus crucified, then that Jew today is as guilty
as the Jewish mob
that sided with the Pharisees 2,000 years ago, shouting �Crucify Him, crucify Him.� Mk.
15:13. If, however,
modern Jew disassociates himself from loyalty to the Pharisees and their claims against
Christ, then he is
free from any guilt.
Unfortunately, amid the shock waves of Mel Gibson�s �Passion,� many evangelical Christian
rushing forward to absolve all Jews of any spiritual guilt concerning the crucifixion.
Such pandering not only
makes God�s law of none effect, it attempts to free the Jews from a burden of guilt they
To hasten the crucifixion of Christ, the Jewish leaders said, �His blood be upon us and
upon our children.�
Mk. 27:25. All adult Jews who still support the pharisaic system which crucified Christ
are thus linked in
spiritual guilt with those who actively accomplished the act.
Of course, anyone, such as a gentile Satanist, who approves of the crucifixion, or a
Christian who becomes
apostate (Heb. 6:6), is spiritually guilty of crucifying Christ. Rabbinic Judaism however,
constitutes the "synagogue of Satan" (Rev. 2:9) uniquely incurs blame for
Christ's death upon all Jews who
give themselves to it.
During the past century, Jewish apologists, for purposes of ecumenical harmony with
referred to Jesus in such terms as �a great teacher.� Such a description is found nowhere
Judaism�s most sacred repository of authority, the Babylonian Talmud. Rabbinic Judaism,
to whitewash it, remains of all great religions (including Islam) the most vehemently
opposed to the claims
of Christ. To be a religious, observant Jew is to embrace the Talmud and its blasphemous
Someday, the Bible teaches, a remnant of Jews out of the Great Tribulation will believe on
the One their
fathers crucified. Yet for the present, the church must heed Christ�s warning to �Beware
of the leaven
(teaching) of the Pharisees.� Matt. 16:6. In other words: Beware of Judaism. Paul also
warns the church,
referring to unbelieving Jews as �enemies� (Rom. 11:28) ��who both killed the Lord Jesus
and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men.� I Thess. 2:15
The Jews were given transcendent spiritual light, first at Sinai, and then through their
prophets. When they
rejected that light, they were plunged into incredible darkness. While individual Jews may
be held guilty of such apostasy, the fact is Jewish leadership and institutions remain
to Christianity. Moses warned the Jews that if they rejected God�s law, they would be
cursed above all
nations. Deut. 28:15. They not only rejected God�s law, but crucified its giver, Jesus
Christ. Christ said that
the House of Israel, after its rejection of Him, would be left desolate. Lk.13:35.
Today, no evangelical leader has the privilege of removing guilt from Jews who still
reject their Messiah
and embrace the teaching of His murderers. Christ has both a long-standing love-affair and
quarrel with the
Jewish nation. He will settle that quarrel some day on His own terms, at last obtaining
faith, obedience, and
righteousness from what scripture repeadedly describes as a "stiff-necked
Such a people now control Hollywood and America�s media. They dominate Congress. They
America�s foreign policy in the Middle East. They are the fountainhead of anti-Christian
legislation, including so-called �anti-hate� laws which strip Christians of free speech.
(See articles on
�anti-hate� laws.) In short, they are more determined than ever that Christ will never
prevail. Yet in the end,
Christ will have righteousness from His people, the Jews. �They will look on Him whom they
they will mourn�as one mourns for an only son.� Zech. 12:10.
The National Prayer Network and Jewish Guilt
The NATIONAL PRAYER NETWORK is a pre-eminent source of information and discussion
Jewish guilt. The previous article by NPN�s director, Rev. Ted Pike, addressed the
question: �Are the
still guilty for the crucifixion of Christ?�
The question of whether the Jews were guilty for the crucifixion 2,000 years ago is not
the primary concern
of this article. It has been answered repeatedly and powerfully in the affirmative by both
Testament and Mel Gibson�s �The Passion of the Christ.� Nor is the popular clich� that we
�all� killed Christ
considered. The idea of �corporate guilt� for Christ�s death is unknown to Scripture.
While we �all have
sinned and come short of the glory of God� (Rom. 3:23), we have not all crucified Jesus.
Instead, Pike discusses the crucifixion as a specific act of blasphemy and violence
effected through a
conspiracy of pharisaic leaders of the first century A.D. It was secondarily accomplished
assistance of an agitated Jewish mob pressuring Pontius Pilate. It was only incidentally
completed by a
handful of unwitting Roman soldiers.
In his article, Pike confirms what the New Testament attests: that the Pharisees were the
behind the crucifixion. In the Book of Acts, the disciples, in face to face rebuke of the
identify them as the culprits: �The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put
to death by
hanging Him on the cross.� Acts 5:30; cf. Acts 2:22, 36; 3:13-15; 4:10. The fact that
modern religious Jews
give first loyalty to these ancient Pharisees and their Talmud is crucially relevant to
the question: Are Jews
today guilty for the crucifixion?
NPN�s educational materials also deal with other aspects of the question of Jewish guilt.
Are Jews guilty
1. creating the scourge of international communism?
2. dominating Hollywood and the media, corrupting humanity?
3. stimulating Mideast strife and terrorism through a century of abrasiveness against the
4. creating anti-Christian �civil liberties� organizations such as the Anti-Defamation
League of B�nai B�rith,
which militate against Christian values and symbols?
5. promoting anti-Christian legislation such as �hate crime laws� which protect Jews and
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